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Writing for the Dyslexic Learner

Myth Busters

Myth: Writing letters and words backwards are the only symptoms of dyslexia.

Fact: Writing letters and words backwards are common in the early stages [before age

eight or nine] of learning to read and write among average and dyslexic children alike. It

is a sign that orthographic representations (i.e., letter forms and spellings of words) have

not been firmly established, not that a child necessarily has a reading disability (Adams, 1990)

Why is writing hard for you dyslexic student?

Often, when a teacher receives a written assignment from a student with dyslexia, the first reaction is that the student doesn't care, is lazy or just didn't put much effort into it. The paper is filled with spelling error, little or no punctuation and is messy. It is easy to see how a teacher comes to the conclusion that not a lot of effort went into the final product, especially early in the school year when teachers are just getting to know their students.

App/Technology Idea

Dragon Dictation Free

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application. This app allows you to speak and instantly see your text and much more. They brag that it is 5x faster than typing on the keyboard. Wow! Give it a try and let us know what you think.

High Yield Strategy

3-2-1 Summary

1. Students write 3 big ideas or facts/details they learned. (What did it say?)

2. Students write 2 examples, applications, or inferences about what they learned. (What did it mean)

3. Students write 1 question or draw 1 conclusion about what they learned. (What does it mean?)

NOTE: 3-2-1 Summaries may be used as exit tickets at the end of class, or they may be implemented with "Musical Mis-Freeze-Group" to allow students to share and refine summaries with peers.

Math/Science Connection Tips

Outlines are very beneficial to the dyslexic student and do not involve a lot of writing or punctuation.

So what does this look like in your classroom:

  • Provide them with acroynms (i.e. PEMDAS for order of operations)
  • Concept mapping (for further explanation see High Yield Strategies)
  • Fishbone Graphic Organizer (for further explanation see High Yield Strategies)
  • Any outlines you can provide or mapping that helps them put things in sequential order

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